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Marquette, Ishpeming-Negaunee advance to state high school bowling finals

Marquette Senior High School and the Ishpeming-Negaunee cooperative had almost equal numbers of qualifiers from MHSAA regional bowling tournaments into this weekend’s state finals. And they along with Westwood and L’Anse all had close calls for making the cut. The teams were spread ...

Simpsons, softball still provide yuks

The world sucks right now. It seems like every time you turn on the television or get on social media, you’ll either end up so depressed or upset that you want to throw something across the room. It just wears on you and you want to find something good just to get away from it all. For ...

UConn excellence good for basketball

Sportswriters and sports fans love winning streaks and even losing ones to a lesser extent. It makes for a compelling story and it’s entertaining to keep track of whether either will continue or come to a halt. If a men’s college basketball team were to win 100 games in a row, it would ...

Bostonian complaints ring hollow

Last Sunday, the Evil Empire won again. With the help of some fortunate bounces and Kyle Shanahan’s massive fourth-quarter brain lockup, the Patriots ended up winning their fifth Super Bowl and reminded everyone that a team from Atlanta will almost always flop in the ...

February a big month on ESPN

ESPN bowling commentators call it Big February. While it’s the first time I’d heard the term, it sounds accurate. Three of the four PBA majors are live on ESPN the next three Sundays, with several other bonus events thrown in. The Players Championship finals are on at 1 p.m. this ...

Here are the answers to Super Bowl LI

Later today, America’s sports spectacle will take place again and millions of fans around the world will tune in even if they have no clue what teams are playing. It’s an event where even the most casual sports fan can find something entertaining in it, even if it is just the TV ...

Bowling tournaments to reappear with crocuses

We’re getting back to bowling tournament time again, both for teens and adults. The teens — and post-teens — get in on the act first, with a pair of tournaments tentatively scheduled the week after high school season wraps up. On Saturday, March 11, a Junior Gold qualifying ...

How attached is too attached?

Sports are something to be marveled at. It’s one of the few things that can thrill you, scare you, motivate you, depress you, rack your nerves and give you a happiness that can be hard to describe. I know it does that to me because I write about it for a living. However, sports can ...

Lucas Solka, Josh Larson red hot on bowling lanes in Ishpeming

Two bowlers were red hot on consecutive nights last week at River Rock Lanes in Ishpeming. It started on Tuesday when 18-year-old Lucas Solka, bowling in his first season out of high school, rolled a perfect 300 game in the Tuesday Major League. Then a night later, a relative newcomer to ...

Big-time college coaches need to walk the walk

College football coaches love their slogans. In fact, they really love them. They use them in press conferences, pregame speeches or even just interacting with the general public. In some ways, it brings teams together as well as the community. Actions truly do speak better and louder ...

Armchair Quarterback

You know it’s a good NFL playoff weekend when it’s easy to find lots of reasons why every team in action can and should win. This week the odd team out would seem to be the Pittsburgh Steelers, but I’ve still heard more than one so-called expert explaining why they will beat the New ...

Future of bowling in good hands

Bowling’s future is in good hands, which might not seem possible with bowling leagues shrinking along with TV coverage of the sport. But look at the popularity of high school bowling, where 18 teams are competing this season in the Upper Peninsula Bowling Conference. It’s popularity all ...

Unsung hero gets his chance

There are a lot of people who help a team become successful. The players and coaches may get the glory, but people behind the scenes also contribute to every win a team may earn. Equipment managers have one of these positions. They sit quietly in the bowels of stadiums and arenas, unnoticed ...

Unsung hero gets his chance

There are a lot of people who help a team become successful. The players and coaches may get the glory, but people behind the scenes also contribute to every win a team may earn. Equipment managers have one of these positions. They sit quietly in the bowels of stadiums and ...

Texans join contenders in Playoffs, Part 2

Well, now that the NFL playoffs have weeded out all the pretenders — wait a minute, what are the Houston Texans doing here? — it’s time for the survivors to put on a few classic shows for us this weekend. It’s pretty difficult to ask for four out of four sensational contests, though ...

Young bowler Matt Kilberg adds perfect 300 game to elite collection

Last month, Matt Kilberg attained the first major feat attained by most quality bowlers. But he did it as his second major accomplishment of his adult bowling career. The 20-year-old Ishpeming resident bowled a perfect 300 game to open his Tuesday Major League session at River Rock ...

A new year brings the same ol’ stuff

A new year is upon us, but some things are still the same. Last weekend, the Detroit Lions had a chance to nail down their first division title since 1993, but they fell short on their own turf against the Green Bay Packers. To cap off that disappointment, Detroit attempted the saddest ...